A light scar remains where the knife entered, nearly imperceptible now in the dimness of Viviany Beleboni's Sao Paulo apartment. Laser treatments have helped it fade. The attack happened late one night last year. The 27-year-old transgender model was three blocks from her downtown apartment. "It was people saying they belong to God," she says. "Tranny," she remembers the assailants taunting. "You gay. You're making a mockery of God. You deserve to die." They beat her and smashed her phone. She felt the slash of a blade on her left forearm before they fled, leaving her to bleed. "I started to have a panic attack," says Beleboni.
August 18/ CBC News